Tracking changes in the consumer's mind (part 1)

Market research studies serve many purposes. With each purpose comes its own set of unique survey questions and design challenges. The tracking study is one of those projects that are commonly employed in both consumer and B2B market research settings. Consistent with its name, researchers who...read more

Staying Ahead of the Curve

Are we a thing of the past? Will big data replace survey research as we know it? This question is being thrown about through all of the marketing research circles. There is no doubt that big data will impact the way marketing moves through its next evolution. For context, the same questions arose in...read more

The Art and Science of Asking Questions

Asking questions is what market researchers are trained to do, be they in the form of unstructured questions used in focus groups and in-depth interviews or in controlled survey questions designed to estimate likelihood of purchase. Our questions are the key to unlocking the vault in the consumer or...read more

How Much is your Customer's Voice Worth

A good customer experience is worth its weight in gold. As consumer and B2B market researchers we know this and it is our job to share the word with our colleagues in other departments. Two recent experiences reminded me of the importance of post-event satisfaction measurement. Recently I rented a...read more

The Magic of Survey Logic

Engaged respondents are more likely to take your survey seriously and provide truthful response. Using dynamic logic is one of the easiest ways to engage a respondent and make his or her experience more memorable. This is important to your project because engaged respondents are more apt to provide...read more

Running Out of Time

The sands of time are running low or so they say. When it comes to time we as consumer and B2B market researchers are being asked to do more with less. This must be the new normal. However, do you spend much time thinking about our respondents and the time commitment we ask of them? I would hope...read more

Q and A is Every Researcher's Job

Incentivized panels are a fact of life for consumer and B2B market researchers. As we look for new and innovative ways to meet our sampling needs many of us have turned to panels to fill our project goals. The majority of these panels incent their members for response. Research bodies such as ESOMAR...read more

Giving a Gift: Incentive's Place in Survey Research

The concept of content gifts, as a form of advertising is an increasingly viable method for reaching customers and prospects. According to Jon Steinberg, President and COO of Buzzfeed, content gifts are a form of information or entertainment that a brand offers to a consumer in exchange for earning...read more

Do We Agree?

Ok so just what is a Likert scale anyway? If you have been in market research, or any form of survey research, for any length of time you have no doubt come across the ubiquitous Likert scale and its strongly agree to strongly disagree framework. In the years I have been involved in constructing...read more

Measuring Work Personalities

Survey research can be used to assess the attitudes and opinions of virtually any group or sub-group. Most of my work has been in the areas of consumer and B2B market research, but from time to time my focus has shifted toward surveying employees. This makes perfect sense as our employees are the...read more
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